The Metropolitan Opera may have closed its doors for now, but its music can still be heard. In a bid to keep audiences in their seats (so to speak), the institution is offering up the series “Nightly Met Opera Streams.” Composed of encore presentations of the Met’s “Live in HD” cinema transmissions, the free service will be broadcasted on the company’s website during its closure.
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, in a statement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
The series kicks off March 16 with the 2010 performance of Bizet’s “Carmen,” directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča. The streams will all begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be available on the Met’s homepage for 20 hours.
And if you would like more opera content, the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato took to her living room this Sunday to perform excerpts of “Werther,” which was scheduled to open March 16. In her post, DiDonato invited audiences to “find relief in music.”
“If you feel moved, please consider making a donation to an organization, theater, orchestra as a gesture of thanks,” DiDonato added, noting two organizations where donations go straight to the artists. “Every dollar/euro will count, as artists now are flying without a financial net for the foreseeable future. Your generosity — at any amount — will make a huge difference.”
Here are the “Nightly Met Opera Streams” for the next two weeks:
Monday, March 16 – Bizet’s “Carmen”
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on Jan. 16, 2010.
Tuesday, March 17 – Puccini’s “La Bohème”
Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas. Transmitted live on April 5, 2008.
Wednesday, March 18 – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on Oct. 3, 2015.
Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s “La Traviata”
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on Dec. 15, 2018.
Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment”
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.
Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on Feb. 7, 2009.
Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on Feb. 24, 2007.
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